“Worry Often Gives…”

worry gives a small thing
by Dona Hake
There is a quote that says “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” It is so true. We can get preoccupied with things, begin to worry, and all of a sudden it is as if a gigantic magnifying glass is on our problem. What is even worse is if we are magnifying something that has not even transpired. We begin to imagine the strangest and most fearful scenarios. It is in those times that we need to stop ourselves and remember Who takes care of us and it is Him that lovingly watches over our every move.

Psalm 139 (The Living Bible)

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head.”


When we meditate upon the fact that God knows the moment in which we live, the moments we are about to walk into, and the tomorrow that we will face, we can be assured of His care. Let us live in the abundant provisions of His Word and not allow ourselves to robbed of living one day at a time in His presence and in His joy!   Let us draw upon His amazing grace and strength for every moment that we live for He is good and He is faithful.

“Healing In a Kind Word”

kind words
by Dona Hake
Words can heal and words can hurt.   Let us purpose to work at speaking words that are kind and uplifting.  It is amazing the power that a word can carry.   I have had times where one negative word has been spoken to me, and even in the midst of positive, that one word was able to tempt my mind to be side tracked.  If we entertain the thoughts that go hand in hand with a negative word, you will surely be brought down by it.
David wrote in the Psalms about the power of hate and contempt in words.  David understood the conspiracy and plots against him, and the power of hateful, negative words.
Psalm 64

“Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the plots of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.”

The Word of God also speaks of the healing power within a kind word.  Not only is it healing to the hearer but I believe that the individual that speaks kind, loving words is built up in their spirit and soul as well.  I was recently shopping and waiting for the clerk to take care of me.   She was a young woman and she had the saddest, and somewhat grumpy look on her face.     I stood and observed how she would not even look into the customer’s eyes, and barely speak to them as she was ringing them up.  When I stepped up for her to take care of me I asked her how she was and she said, “Okay…I am just taking one day at a time.”  I said, “Honey, that is all we can do. I do hope your day is much better.”  She looked into my eyes and smiled real big.   She said, “Thank you!  Have a good day too!”  I wished so badly that there would not have been so many customers behind me so I could have engaged a deeper conversation with her.  I walked away and lifted her up in prayer.   
You just never know what a kind word and simple prayer can do for someone.  Let us be ready to share a kind word that brings healing to a hurting heart.
Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”

“Reaping A Harvest Of Righteousness”

Harvest of righteousness
by Dona Hake
James 3:18Amplified Bible (AMP)

“And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God’s will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].”

If I ask you if you desired a harvest of righteousness in your life, I just know you would most certainly answer “Yes!”   In order to experience this harvest of righteousness we must be diligent to sow peace.  If our heart is not full of peace, it is not likely that we can sow it into other’s lives, and situations around us..
Paul spoke of Christ’s peace being like an umpire or referee in our hearts. His peace will settle all unrest and arguments that go on in your mind. Our hearts and minds are the center of all conflict because this is where our feelings and desires clash, our hopes and fears meet , jealousy battles with love, etc… Ask Him to help you listen to the umpire of your heart. He will instruct you in a way that peace will rule and reign no matter what. It is God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. Jesus indeed gives us peace that the world cannot give.  It is as we allow this peace to rule that we will indeed be sowing to those around us. 
Colossians 3:15-  Amplified version

“And let the peace soul harmony which comes from Christ

rule act as umpire continually in your hearts deciding

and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds,

in that peaceful state to which as members of Christ’s

one body you were also called to live…”

“The Strength of My Heart”

strength of my heart
by Dona Hake
Philippians 4:13 Amplified Bible
” I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for
anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into
me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].”
Before this portion of scripture Paul wrote that he had learned the secret of
being content. I love how this version that I was reading (NIV) used the word
secret. Being content is a beautiful way to live. The dictionary defines secret
being used in this context as a method, formula, plan, etc., known only to the
initiated or the few: the secret of happiness; a trade secret.
If you are a believer you are one of “the few”, and within
us we embrace a precious secret to strength.  We can say that by the strength
of the Lord we can be content no matter what is going on around us. Paul
understood this and he spoke with the authority as well. He said, “…for I have
learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in
need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being
content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry.whether living in
plenty or in want…I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

I think it is important to note that Paul said two times here that he had
learned contentment. Contentment does not just fall on your lap like a ripe
apple from a tree. Contentment is developed through decision making in times
of crisis or problems you face.   It is when you learn the secret of contentment

that you can look to the Lord and  proclaim “I CAN DO everything through
Him who strengthens me. Sometimes when we face needs in this life
and we decide to be content until the manifestation, God can work in us and also on
our behalf. It is those times that we realize after we get through the trial that
the situation gave us new insights   and we became stronger because of it.
Let us not call upon His strength to just escape and run away from our needs
but rather to be strengthened to walk through them. Let us bare the testimony
that Paul wrote ” I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him
Who infuses inner strength into me.” It is as we do this that we can truly say
that we can do all through Him who strengthens us!

“Light Overpowers”

light overpowers
by Dona Hake
Everyone reading this must admit that there is absolute truth that light is able to overpower darkness. You walk in a dark room, and the first thing you do is reach for the light switch. An electrical storm zaps your electricity, and what do you do? In our home we have a box that has flashlights and batteries and also two lanterns where we know to go for that we can bring light to the situation. We want to know we are prepared for such a situation.

Now let us think about what would happen if your electricity went out and you had a box full of flashlights but there were not batteries. You have what it takes to bring light but these flashlights are worthless without what gives them their ability to overcome the darkness you are experiencing.

Today I just want to share about the dark in this world, and how we as believers fit wonderfully into the picture. We are the vessels that must stay full of everything God is so that we can bring light to the hopeless, confused, and the fearful around us.
2 Corinthians 4:4-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

So you see God desires that we promptly and obediently bring light to this present darkness on earth. Let our prayer be today that we would desire to be vessels for His use that we may bring glory to Him!

” Lord, you provide the flame for my lamp.
You, God, turn the darkness around me into light.”
Psalm 18:28 

“For This Is God’s Will”

prayer matters
by Dona Hake
I shared yesterday of the importance that we guard our joy for it is the Lord’s strength for us to live.  1 Thessalonians says to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances FOR THIS IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU.    
There will be days in which we must remind ourselves to rejoice even when we do not feel like it.  Again, I mentioned in yesterday’s devotional that it is important to pray often and not wait till we get in a perfect place.   Prayers can be spoken from your heart at any given time or place.    This is God’s will for us to do so I encourage you today to do so.   I leave you with this prayer that flows with what I have been sharing.
Prayer is so simple.
It is like quietly opening a door and slipping into
the very presence of God
there, in the stillness,
to listen for His voice,
perhaps in petition
or only to listen,
it matters not, 
just to be there,
in His presence
Is prayer.

“His Joy Brings Us Strength”

joy in the Lord Oct 2014
by Dona Hake
All of us can admit that there seem to be days in which our hearts and minds are being pulled and tugged by the terrible things that are going on in this world. I can speak for myself that I have felt my heart so saddened and heavy by the many things that are happening. The world is experiencing tragedies and they proceed from hearts that are evil and full of hatred. I am a firm believer that we need to stay abreast of what is going on that we can hold these issues up in prayer yet we need to guard ourselves that our joy is not being quenched.

I encourage you to pray often and keep your heart in love, and faith. Slip into His presence at any given time that you need to. Prayers can be whispered from your heart while you are on the job, walking through a grocery store or changing a diaper. Do not feel you have to wait for a place or perfect time to pray, He is right there with you waiting to hear from you at any given time. Tell Him your burdens and hand Him your cares often so you can be free from trying to caring them on your own.

God desires that we live in the place of joy and peace that is overflowing to people around us.  There are many around us that do not know and understand the key to staying above the storm waters of this life.  As you exhibit a joy that does not change, they will notice and inquire of it.   Today, look to stay in His presence no matter what is going on around you for the joy of the Lord IS our strength!
Psalm 16:11 (CJB)


“11 You make me know the path of life;
in your presence is unbounded joy,,,”

“God’s Light Beams Shining On Your Soul “

light in darkness  sept 30 2014
by Dona Hake
I can remember reading from a book of Watchman Nee, and he made a statement that I will never forget.  He shared how everyone of us have within our souls caverns that have never seen His Light.  He called them virgin caverns for they have not yet been opened to God’s light.  It is a wonderful thing to know that God will continue to work within us as long as we live and as long as we permit Him to.
Today I also want to look at the places within our souls that we may have neglected or just do not want God touching.   Did you ever have something that you may be dealing with and you just do not want to talk about it.  Sometimes this may be because you are hoping it will go away or you just do not feel comfortable about it.   At some time or other we can probably admit we have all dealt with this.   
I want to encourage you today with the fact that God knows everything about you inside and out.  He knows all of your fears, your hurt, and all the things that you may be trying to keep under control in your own ability.   I read a most interesting prayer by St. Augustine, and I would like to share it with you today.  In fact it was my inspiration for this devotional.
“Oh Holy Spirit, descent plentifully into my heart.
Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected
dwelling, and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”
God commands us to DILIGENTLY guard our hearts and minds, and we well know that  He understands the nature of man, and that is that there will always be temptation to back burner or neglect things within our souls that really need attention.  I thought of a little analogy to bring this truth home to you.  I bet everyone of you have a place in your home whether it be a “junk” drawer or a place in the attic where things just land when you do not know what to do with them.  I have a little basket on top of my microwave that is my “whatever” basket.  Just tiny things that I do not want to throw away, and that is where they live.  Let us remind ourselves that even the littlest of things are very important to God, and He desires that you deal with each and every one with His help.
In light of that thought let us be diligent to bring every thought, problem, habit, ect… to Him and make a decision to not neglect our soul.  Today I encourage you to invite God’s light beams of truth to shine on your soul that He is able to show you His wonderful way to deal with every matter.  According to Ephesians 1:18, may He flood the eyes of our heart with light that we can know and understand the hope to which we were called!

“God Directs the Humble”

with justice he directs
by Dona Hake
 Proverbs 11:3 ERV says,, “Good people are guided by their honesty.” Above any people on this earth I believe that the believer of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to exhibit integrity. There is so much deception and crookedness in this world that people are afraid to trust anyone anymore. How sad it is if a believer is tempted to slip into a path that pulls their heart from honesty, integrity, and excellence.   Our hearts and souls should be tugged at the mere thought of  not doing what the Word of God says. Yet, if one feels that they can  pick and choose the way in which they walk, God is surely displeased.
The devil is so sly and crafty that he understands how to deceive people into thinking that it is okay to go against the Word of God.  God desires that we walk in the totality of His Word and there is no deception in the realm of His truth.   If one thinks they are getting away with living a lie, they will surely find out that pay day will come.  There will always be consequences for going against the voice of your heart.  I will never forget the profound truth Roberts Liardon spoke, “Truth ALWAYS outlives a lie.” God wants our hearts to be pure, right and of utmost integrity. His hand will not bless that which is of an impure motive or thought.
Proverbs 25:9 (The Voice)
“With justice, He directs the humble in ALL that is right and He shows them His
1 Peter 5:5 (Amplified)
“For God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the
disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—[and He opposes, frustrates, and
defeats them], but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble.”
 May I emphasize that because our Lord is desiring to lead every believer that there are times our sin inhibits Him to do so.   Pride causes one to be deaf to the voice of the Lord.   I can only imagine how grieved the heart of God is when He sees one of His children proudly choosing their own way, and along that way their heart becomes hardened to truth.
The good news is that if one is in this  place of pride that if he or she humbles their heart He will always restore them.  He will restore and pour out His grace and blessing to back to them. Let us be mindful of the condition of our hearts in every area of our lives. Ask the Holy Spirit daily to show you if you be in pride in any area of your life that you be not hindered in receiving guidance when you need it.  As we pursue to keep our hearts humble, He promises to direct us in everything we do!

“Nothing Too Difficult For Him”

nothing is too difficult
by Dona Hake
It is important that we recognize that we live in a day where the Creator of Heaven and Earth is being doubted and discredited. There are those that are trying to convince us that God does not exist, and they are trying to explain away the wondrous things He created with His hands.    Sometimes the more we think we know, we  can be tempted  to reason away His ability to work on our behalf, and we need to constantly remind ourselves that our God is awesome and able to do above and beyond all that we dare ask, dream or hope for.
Today I want you to reflect upon those times that God’s hand came and touched your life in a miraculous way, and you just knew that it was Him.   I can remember times in which He touched my life when man said my situation was impossible yet He lovingly  intervened and showed Himself strong on my behalf.
Today I pray that your heart be refreshed with knowing that there is NOTHING to difficult for Him.  Impossibilities in the face of God’s ability and power are no match.   Remember He is able to do above and beyond ALL you dare ask or think.  Allow Him to show Himself strong and able on your behalf!  
Jeremiah 32:17 (VOICE) “Eternal Lord, with Your outstretched arm and Your
enormous power You created the heavens and the earth. Nothing is too
difficult for You.”

6 Responses to “Devotional”

  1. Lisa Viands says:

    This is a good way of teaching the kids to forgive each other(Matt. 5:7). I like the power of this gentle scripture and lesson… Thanks!!

  2. Selena Neely says:

    Ralph &I are really enjoying your devotional together.

  3. Selena Neely says:

    Oh, what a wonderful reminder! I want to break the magnifing glass of worry and trust God for each step I take.

  4. Dona Hake says:

    It is interesting Selena how the more we worry the bigger and more magnified things get in our minds. Oh how important it is to trust our God for the smallest of things! Thank you for sharing!